It’s hard to believe there are people more in love with ghost hunting that basic cable channels that program various paranormal investigation shows nearly 24/7 but it seems that ghost hunting has taken hold in normally secular Norway:
Ghosts, or at least belief in them, have been around for centuries but they have now found a particularly strong following in highly secular modern countries like Norway, places that are otherwise in the vanguard of what was once seen as Europe’s inexorable, science-led march away from superstition and religion.
While churches here may be largely empty and belief in God, according to opinion polls, in steady decline, belief in, or at least fascination with, ghosts and spirits is surging. Even Norway’s royal family, which is required by law to belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, has flirted with ghosts, with a princess coaching people on how to reach out to spirits.
Or could it be that Norwegians love Zak Bagans?
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